Group raises mental health alarm

Health care professionals should take care to discuss the psychosocial support available to their patients, according to Diabetes NSW, which is concerned about patients falling through the cracks.

Despite diabetes being a major risk factor for depression, only 2% of patients have mental or emotional health included in their disease management plans, according to a survey of 500 Diabetes NSW members.

Nine in 10 had not spoken to a primary health practitioner about seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist.

“The link between diabetes and depression is

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